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Zipoli Organ Scholarships

Jesuit High School's Zipoli Organ Scholarship, founded in
2018, is named after Domenico Zipoli, S.J., the Jesuit composer, organist, and missionary of the early 18th century. 

Zipoli Scholars each receive $3,000 towards tuition. In addition, the recipient will receive free weekly organ lessons during the academic school year with our faculty member and Director of Liturgical Music, Mr. Adrian Quesada (a $3,000 value). The responsibilities of the organ scholar include performing in school Masses and other special liturgies, attending weekly organ lessons after school, and providing assistance during other school events as needed. The audition will take place in the Antinori Center for the Arts on the main stage. Auditions will be closed to the public. Previous recipients will audition each year.



Students interested in applying for the scholarship must fill out an application form and submit it to Mr. Quesada no later than May 1, 2023. Applicants will audition for a panel of judges on May 12, 2023, starting at 5:00 p.m.

The panel of judges will award three scholarships in two different categories:

  • two scholarships for rising juniors and seniors for the 2023-24 school year
  • one scholarship for incoming freshmen and rising sophomores for the 2023-24 school year


Audition requirements and rules

  • One piano piece of choice in the Classical/Academic repertoire (Bach, Mozart, Beethoven, Chopin, Liszt, etc.).
    • This work is to be performed from memory; auditions requiring a music score will not be accepted. Popular, contemporary, non-academic songs (e.g., pop, rock, etc.) will not be accepted as pieces of choice. Participants will demonstrate their command of the instrument, musicality, and experience performing music. Bring three legible copies of the score for the judges.
  • One piece assigned by faculty members to be prepared within 10 days of the audition date with a difficulty level of easy to moderate.
    • A PDF of the score will be posted online for all participants to download on May 2,  2023. Participants will demonstrate their ability to learn music in a short amount of time.
  • One sightreading test.
    • A music score of a simple piece or hymn will be shown to the participant to demonstrate ability to read and perform music on the spot with fluidity. The participant will have one minute to look at the score before playing it; if the participant attempts to play any note or part of the score before the one minute of allowed time ends, that music counts as the beginning of his performance of the piece.
  • One singing/intonation test.
    • Students may sing either the National Anthem or the school’s Alma Mater to demonstrate aural skills and pitch recognition.

Any questions about the audition, requirements, rules, or preparation can be addressed to Mr. Quesada at

2022-23 - Andre Botero '23, Matt Dolan '23, and Harry Hanes '24 
2021-22 - Christian Micko '22, Andre Botero '23, and Harry Hanes '24
2020-21 - Christian Micko '22 and Andre Botero '23
2019-20 - Alexander Skantze '20 and Christian Micko '22 
2018-19 - Kegan Lovell '19 and Alexander Skantze '20
2017-18 - Jordan Vivero '18